The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Lady Cardinal softball team returned to action Monday afternoon following a week long layoff due to the Senior Trip and welcomed the Galatia-Thompsonville Lady Bearcats to town.
This contest started out very favorable following two consecutive strikeouts by pitcher, Ally Black. However, the tides would turn when the Lady Bearcats would manage to plate a run following a fielding miscue and a base hit to take the early 1-0 lead. This score would remain until the top of the third inning when the Lady Bearcats put together three hits to plate two more runs and leave NCOE trailing by three runs now. The Lady Bearcats would score another run in the top of the fourth inning followed by three runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend the Lady Cardinal deficit to seven runs. At this point, NCOE knew they had to come alive with their bats if they were to have a chance to stage a comeback. This is exactly what happened for the Lady Cardinals as they capitalized on two hits and a free pass to score their first two runs of the game to narrow the Lady Bearcat lead to just five. At this time, Galatia-
Thompsonville returned the favor and took advantage of a couple of free passes along with two hits to score four runs of their own the extend their lead back out to nine. The Lady Cardinals answered back with another run of their own in the bottom of the sixth to pull within eight but a scoreless seventh inning left the Lady Cardinals falling short by the final score of 11-3.
Shaylyn Mayberry, Haleigh Poole, Ally Black, and Alex Thomas each collected a hit for the Lady Cardinals to lead the offense. Mayberry, Skyler Morss, and Emma Gwaltney each scored a run while Alex Thomas knocked in a team high two RBI’s followed by one from Haleigh Poole.
Ally Black was the starting pitcher in the circle for NCOE going five innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and striking out four. Caite Weiss relieved Black in the sixth inning and pitched 1/3 of an inning allowing four runs (three earned) on one hit before giving way to Madyson Barton. Barton fired the final 1 2/3 innings allowing nary a run on just one hit.